There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Guadeloupe each year. The main ones are listed below.January 1 : New Year's Day (national holiday) May 1 : Labour Day (national holiday) May 8: Victory Day (national holiday)
Commemorates the Allied victory in Europe that ended World War II on this day in 1945. Various ceremonies are held around town.May 27 : Emancipation Day (local holiday)
Celebration eagerly awaited by all Guadeloupians and consisting in cultural encounters, exhibitions and remembrance marches, organised in memory of all victims of slavery.June 21 : Fête de la Musique (celebrated nationwide)
Also celebrated internationally as World Music Day, for this festival many free concerts featuring all types of music are organized across Guadeloupe's islands.July 14 : Bastille Day (national holiday)
This holiday celebrates both the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, the key event marking the beginning of the French Revolution, and the end of the privileges enjoyed by the clergy and the aristocracy. It is commemorated with a variety of events throughout Guadeloupe, including military parades.July 21 : Schoelcher Day (local event)
Remembrance and celebration of the part played by Victor Schoelcher in the abolition of slavery in Martinique, Guadeloupe and Saint Martin. Each year on this day, parades and other events are held.November 11: Remembrance Day (national holiday)
On this day, citizens gather at the war memorial in Pointe-à-Pitre to commemorate the signing of the 1918 Armistice officially bringing an end to the First World War.December 25 : Christmas (national holiday) December 31: New Year's Eve (national event)
On the night of December 31st, the atmosphere is particularly festive on the streets of Pointe-à-Pitre, with families and friends celebrating the new year.
|Month||Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°)||Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°)||Average Rains (MM)||Best Time to Travel|
|January||21/70||29/84||83/3.3||Good period to go|
|February||20/68||29/84||60/2.4||Good period to go|
|March||21/70||29/86||70/2.8||Good period to go|
|April||22/72||30/86||96/3.8||Good period to go|
|May||24/75||31/88||134/5.3||Good period to go|
|June||24/75||31/88||108/4.3||Not the best period to go|
|July||24/75||32/90||130/5.1||Not the best period to go|
|August||24/75||32/90||169/6.7||Not the best period to go|
|September||24/75||32/90||206/8.1||Not the best period to go|
|October||23/73||31/88||214/8.4||Not the best period to go|
|November||22/72||30/86||214/8.4||Not the best period to go|
|December||21/70||30/86||134/5.3||Good period to go|
The International airport of Guadeloupe Pointe-à-Pitre Le Raizet is located about 3 kilometres (2 miles) north of the city of Pointe-à-Pitre.
Public transport is not very well developed in Guadeloupe. Renting a car is a good way to get around. Bicycling and walking are also excellent options, in order to fully appreciate the awe-inspiring landscapes of the islands.
Getting around by car is a good way of visiting Guadeloupe. The network is spread out, and the roads are numbered and well-maintained. Several car rental companies have counters in the airport and in Guadeloupe's main towns and cities (from EUR 10 per day). Various free parking spots are available through town. For the others, parking starts at EUR 1 per hour.
There are taxi stands at the airport and in the cities of Pointe-à-Pitre and Basse-Terre (expect about EUR 1.50 per kilometre). Fares are higher at night and on Sundays and holidays (about EUR 2.25 per kilometre). If you will be moving around quite a bit, you will definitely want to consider renting a car instead (about EUR 40 per day).
Upon your arrival in Guadeloupe, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.Comité du tourisme des îles de Guadeloupe
Offers practical information (sightseeing, tours, heritage sites and cultural institutions, nights out on the town, etc.), maps and brochures for tourists about Guadeloupe.
See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Pointe-à-Pitre counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.Vaccinations
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to Guadeloupe.
For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
There are no specific food safety risks. French government authorities promote good hygiene practices and put in place strengthened control procedures for sites especially frequented by tourists during the summer months.Water
Tap water is safe to drink in Guadeloupe.
Entry requirements for the French overseas departments (Réunion, Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana and Mayotte) are different from those applicable in mainland France. Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or the Swiss Confederation do not need to carry a visa. To view the list of other countries whose citizens or nationals may travel to Guadeloupe without a visa, or for information on the types of travel documents required, visit the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
Contact information for the embassies and consulates of your country is accessible in the directory of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/le-ministere-et-son-reseau/annuaires-des-ambassades-et-consulats-etrangers-en-france
To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Pointe-à-Pitre, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.
Here are a few basic French phrases that will make your stay in Guadeloupe a little easier:
In Guadeloupe like elsewhere in France, a service charge is always included in the bill. If you are particularly pleased with the service, you may certainly leave a few extra euros on the table. But this additional tip is neither expected nor necessary.